The Directorate of Crime Intelligence has picked credible, information of increased threats towards private security guards, who are being targeted for their firearms by criminals.
“Although we acknowledge the rapidly growing demand for private security, by property owners and other private citizens, we want to warn all owners and proprietors of private security companies, to enhance the safety of their personnel, by avoiding lone deployments and lone movements, while walking on foot or riding to and from their guard points,” said CP Enanga Fred, Police Spokesperson.
Enanga reminded individual private security guards to remember that working as a security guard is a dangerous occupation.
He said physical attacks of violence like assaults is the leading cause of deadly security guard injuries.
These occur at lone guard points and during lone movements, according to Enanga.
“The best way therefore, to keep security guards safe is to equip them with the necessary tools and effectively deploy them in pairs. This will enable them work and go home safely at the end of their shift.”
As such, Territorial Commanders have been tasked to ensure lone-moving security guards, who are carrying firearms, are disarmed and action taken against them and their supervisors.
“For instance, the PSO gun that was terrorizing residents in Mukono, has been established to be from Top Security Company Limited.”
The security guard who allegedly lost the gun, Oluka Robert, aged 25, was arrested in Busembatya district.